Howard Midstream Energy Partners, LLC dba Howard Energy Partners (HEP) today announced that its bulk liquid terminal subsidiary, Maverick Terminals, LLC has entered into a services agreement with PMI, an affiliate of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), for the storage and handling of fuel oil from various inland refineries in Mexico. These services will be provided via a new bulk liquid terminal facility to be constructed adjacent to HEP’s existing bulk liquid terminal facility in the Port of Brownsville, Texas, and will bring the company’s total storage capacity in the area to more than 500,000 barrels.
The new Brownsville terminal facility will consist of four tanks ranging in size from 50,000 barrels to 100,000 barrels, and will have an initial total capacity of 300,000 barrels, with the capability to expand to up to 700,000 barrels if necessary. All tanks, pipelines, and related facilities will be fully heated, insulated, and capable of handling products from rail cars, trucks, and marine vessels. Construction is underway and the new terminal facility is expected to be operational in the second half of this year.
“The expansion of our services in Brownsville marks an important step in our effort to provide for the growing need for efficient bulk liquid logistics services for the movement of commodities in and out of Mexico,” said Mark Helmke, senior vice president of terminals and transportation for Howard Energy Partners. “The nearest comparable facilities are located a considerable distance from the border, and with the rapidly developing changes occurring in Mexico as a result of the recently enacted energy reform, facilities located in the Port of Brownsville are going to play a major role in the movement of energy commodities into and out of Mexico.”
HEP’s existing Brownsville Terminal consists of 21 tanks providing a total of up to 221,000 barrels of bulk liquid storage for upstream, midstream, and downstream hydrocarbons, and other bulk liquids requiring custom terminal services. The automated terminal includes steam heating, real-time product monitoring and control systems, and specialized infrastructure for commodity blending. The Port of Brownsville is the largest and closest deep-water US port to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, a major industrial center in the country.
“Howard Energy is committed to leveraging our infrastructure to create a more integrated US and Mexican energy market to better serve producers and consumers in both countries,” said Brandon Seale, President of Howard Energy México.